Looking for the best things to do in London in August? Don’t miss the best things to see and do in the capital this month with this handy guide.
Hello August, it’s nice to see you again.
We don’t like to play favourites, but we’re pretty confident that August is the best time to be in London. Don’t believe us? These are the very best things to keep on your radar this month.
Things to do in London in August
View the Spurs Stadium From Above with Dare Skywalk
Fancy doing something a little bit different this month in London? We’ve got just the activity for you – scale the world-famous Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and marvel at the view from above.
Meet the Dare Skywalk team at basecamp where you’ll be clipped in before tackling the 100 steps that lead up to the glass apex, a whopping 46.8 metres above the pitch. Peer down and catch a glimpse of the stadium bowl below.
Once you’ve made it to the top, you’ll be able to admire panoramic views of the London skyline – and you’ll even get to spot the famous Golden Cockerel up close.
Tickets cost £39 for adults (though discounts are available for club members and kids) – book yours here.
Visit This Bright Land Exhibition at Somerset House
1st – 29th August
If the sun hasn’t been a mood booster in recent weeks, Somerset House’s brand new August exhibition certainly will be.
This Bright Land is a celebration of community and culture and it’s taking over the courtyard at Somerset House throughout the entire month. Expect bright installations, performances both day and night, music, dance, and workshops from both grassroots companies and established creatives.
We’re most excited about the sensory-heavy Wonder Garden, created with Jo Malone, and the observation wheel that will offer impressive views of the city. Book a ticket here.
Take a Dip in the Thames
Open throughout August and September
With London’s weather heating up in recent weeks, it’s very tempting to take a dip in open water – but it’s so vital to be careful. Which is why it’s so great that Canary Wharf has opened up a safe open water swimming zone.
In partnership with Love Open Water and the Canal & River Trust, the open water space is 600-metres long, and is safe to be used by anyone over the age of ten who can swim confidently. Lifeguards are also on hand to provide assistance if needed.
To access the swimming pool, you need to purchase a £15 NOWCA membership card and then you will have access to more than 40 pools.
Immerse Yourself in the World of Gustav Klimt
Step into the immersive world of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt with this 360 experience. The capital has been inundated with digital art exhibitions in recent months and, dare we say it, this one looks set to be the best yet.
In this exhibition, you’ll get to see The Kiss and other great works by Klimt like never before, projected around you on huge screens and brought to life through projection mapping and sound effects.
Attend the Tête à Tête Opera Festival
The Tête à Tête Opera Festival has returned to the capital and it’s one of the best London in August events on the calendar, we think.
Led by Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones and Music Director Timothy Burke, the company creates inclusive operas, giving opportunities for people from all kinds of backgrounds.
The result? Culturally-rich stories told in a stunning way.
August highlights include GANGA, a heartbreaking opera in Sanskrit, the thought-provoking and multimedia opera What the Dog Said to the Harvest, and the hilarious Toadette: The Frog Opera.
Chelsea Physic Garden Supper Clubs
Chelsea Physic Garden looks set to be one of the capital’s hotspots this summer, with the announcement of a number of supper clubs throughout the month. Spend an evening wandering around the pretty botanical garden, followed by a delicious meal under the stars.
August’s guest chefs include Will Bowlby from Kricket, Felipe De Jesus from James Knight Seafood, and Masterchef finalist Malin de Silva. One thing’s for sure: You’re in for a treat.
Sip Cocktails on Cin Cin’s Italian Terrace
In need of a Mediterranean getaway? Head to Cin Cin’s brand new Italian terrace for a delightful aperitif under the summer sun. It might not be a cosy bar on a cobbled street in Sardinia… but it’s pretty close.
Alongside a new summer makeover, Cin Cin have a special al fresco menu that boasts the likes of Arancino of white crab with brown crab aioli, and crispy calabrese chicken wings. Wash down with an Aperol Spritz or three. Yum.
Enjoy Free Live Music at Summer Sounds Music Festival
10th – 21st August
Head to Coal Drops Yard this August for a free festival with a line-up that rivals the biggies – though, we’re most excited for JHAM!, Christy O’Donnell, the London Community Gospel Choir, and Volosi.
Summer Sounds will host outdoor concerts every evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and from 1pm to 6pm on ‘Family Sundays’. This year’s theme is Connected Communities, so expect a diverse array of performances spanning countries and cultures.
Indulge in Afternoon Tea Week
8th – 14th August
It’s no secret that us British folk love afternoon tea… so is it really a surprise that we’ve dedicated an entire week to the good stuff? We don’t think so either.
It can be a bit overwhelming trying to pick a spot in the capital, as there are so many fabulous hotels and restaurants serving afternoon tea, but we’ve tasted a fair few over the years and think we know the very best places.
First up: Sketch. We’ll forget about their controversial decision to redecorate the pink room (we’re still heartbroken, tbh) and say that they know how to make an exciting afternoon tea. Classics with an eccentric Sketch twist, plus a whole host of hot drinks, cocktails, and champagne to choose from.
Afternoon tea at The Ritz is an oldie but a goodie. If you’re looking for a quintessential British experience, you’ll find it here. Plus a whole load of glamour. Other honourable mentions go out to the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Experience and Farmacy.
Vegan? Don’t fret, there are plenty of places for you to get your fix, too.
Read More: The Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London
Drink Cocktails in the City – International Edition
11th – 13th August
Cocktails in the City returns for the second week out of three in 2022 with an international edition of the booze-fest.
Bedford Square Gardens will once again be overtaken by twenty of the best in the biz – and with a bar line-up boasting Coupette, Flight Club, Funkidory, and Laki Kane, is it any wonder we are so hyped?
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, you’ll also be able to enjoy street food, live music, and a silent disco. See ya there.
Catch Closer at the Hammersmith Theatre
Until 13th August
Closer has been one of the best theatre productions to hit London this year – and you’ve only got half the month left to catch it if you haven’t already. The Olivier award-winning play is in the capital for an exclusive run and you do not want to miss out.
Patrick Marber’s play explores human connection and intimacy, as well as the risks we are willing to take for someone we love.
Jack Farthing and Ella Hunt front the production, stepping into the shoes of Natalie Portman and Clive Owen, who starred in the 2004 film adaptation. And we have to say, they are smashing it.
Dine at New Food Hotspot Sessions
From 11th August
London’s street food game is exceptional. Fact. So when we heard that a brand new food venue was opening up in Islington, we were excited, to say the least.
Introducing Sessions, a venue that will allow up and coming chefs to showcase their work and hungry diners like yourself to try it. From Korean small plates to wholesome British dishes, the menus at Sessions will span continents.
Simply head inside and order from your phone to your table.
Seek Nostalgia at Pollock’s Toy Museum Summer Fête
Pollock’s Toy Museum is one of our favourite weird and wonderful London museums – and they’re hosting a free fête in August that looks set to be a fun day out for the entire family.
Expect toy theatre performances (which is what they are famous for, FYI), as well as Punch and Judy shows and arty workshops for adults and kids alike. This will be taking place on the streets around the museum, though the toy museum will still be open for visitors to peruse.
Party at Notting Hill Carnival
27th – 29th August
This is your reminder that one of the top August events in London is BACK!
Since 1966 Notting Hill Carnival has taken over the streets of Notting Hill for a weekend in August, and after a two year hiatus (we wonder why, hmm) it’s back IRL this year and we couldn’t be more excited.
The celebration of all things Caribbean culture will bring, music, dance, carnival, and street food to Notting Hill – and you do not want to miss it.
Get Your Festival Fix at YAM Carnival
Clapham Common is set to welcome YAM Carnival back for a second year this month in London and we could not be more excited.
The festival celebrates black food, music, and culture, and the line up boasts WizKid (squeal!), Naira Marley, C-Kay, and plenty more. Expect tasty street food and a lively atmosphere to fuel the party.
Spot Dinos at the Jurassic World Exhibition
Royal Victoria Dock
From 25th August
Kids and big kids will adore this exhibition, which sees the ExCeL Centre taken over by dinosaurs this August in London… and we couldn’t be more excited.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition will cover 20,000-square-foot in huge animatronics and jungle flora, bringing scenes from the film to life in a totally immersive experience. Not only do you get to come face to face with these extinct creatures, but you’ll also get to learn about the science behind Jurassic World. Excuse us whilst we completely nerd out.
Attend a Victorian Funfair in Vauxhall
Vauxhall’s Victorian Funfair returns again in 2022 and it looks set to be the best London day out in August. This totally free festival will take place in the Pleasure Gardens and will see vintage games, circus performers, and classic British food take centre stage.
Prepare to be transported back in time into a world before technology – Oh, and there’s a prize for the best dressed, so don your best Victorian gear and head to the funfair for an afternoon of raucous fun.
Practical Tips for Exploring London in August
- London’s weather has been no joke recently – we don’t want to sound like naggy Nelly’s but keep a bottle of water on you and wear sun cream.
- Notting Hill Carnival weekend is one of the best times to visit the capital, but also one of the busiest. Expect higher hotel prices and very busy tube lines. Worth it though, we think.